Fairfax Library Foundation raises $197k at A Library Jubilee!

The Fairfax Library Foundation hosted A Library Jubilee! Soiree in the Stacks on Saturday, October 17th at Woodrow Wilson Library. Fairfax Library Foundation raises private, supplementary support for the Fairfax County Public Library – libraries exist with public funds, but private contributions allow libraries to flourish. This year, the Foundation raised $197,038 through the Jubilee, with all proceeds going to Fairfax County Public Library. We exceeded our goal of $150,000 in part due to a generous gift from the Estate of Betty Waugh Downard. “We are grateful to all of our sponsors. Their contributions make our support of the library possible,” stated Susan Harman, Executive Director, Fairfax Library Foundation. “Vibrant libraries are essential to the communities that they serve.”

Some of the programs supported by A Library Jubilee! include Changing Lives Through Literature, giving first time juvenile offenders an alternative to formal court action, and Ready to Read Early Literacy Outreach, bringing interactive reading experiences to preschool students. During the event, attendees heard a moving description of the Changing Lives Through Literature program from facilitator Amanda Holmes Duffy. She described how the young people in the program learn about their own life challenges through the in-depth study of characters in literature.

Guests enjoyed delicious hors d’oeuvres and cocktails from Shirley’s Catering, and live music by the Mason Musicians, while mingling in the beautifully renovated Woodrow Wilson Library. The live and silent auctions created much excitement and raised more than $6,000 for the library. The program was emceed by Fran Millhouser, Mason District Representative, FCPL, Board of Trustees. Other speakers were Katie Strotman, Deputy Director, FCPL, Sharon Bulova, Chairman, Board of Supervisors and Penelope A. Gross, Vice Chair & Mason District Supervisor, Board of Supervisors. They spoke about the importance of the Foundation to our public libraries through its enhancements to programs and services, and shared their excitement about the future of Fairfax County Public Library.

Attendees at the Jubilee included members of the Library Friends groups, library supporters and staff, community business leaders, and many special guests: Chairman Sharon Bulova, Chair At-large, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors; Vice Chairman and Supervisor Penelope A. Gross, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, Mason District; Supervisor Catherine Hudgins, Hunter Mill District; FCPS Board Member Patricia Reed, Providence District; FCPS Board Member Janie Strauss, Dranesville District; Delegate Mark Sickles, Virginia House of Delegates, 43rd District; and Fairfax Library Foundation founder, Whitney Minkler.

A Library Jubilee! was made possible by the generosity many new and returning sponsors, including our Signature Sponsor, the Friends of Burke Centre Library. In addition to the programs mentioned above, support of this event provides funding for scholarships, the Library’s Summer Reading Program, and new library materials, such as books and eBooks. Funding is always stretched for these important programs and initiatives, and new donor support is vital to the library. Donations help Fairfax County Public Library expand its reach to children and adults in every corner of our community.

We are grateful for the support of all our Jubilee sponsors, including the Friends of Burke Centre Library (Signature Sponsors); Elite Island Resorts Caribbean, Friends of the Pohick Regional Library (Guardian Sponsors); Sterling Portraits, Friends of the Richard Byrd Library (Publisher Sponsors); Friends of the City of Fairfax Regional Library, Friends of the King Park Library, Friends of the George Mason Regional Library, Friends of the Oakton Library, Friends of the Sherwood Regional Library, LWH Family Foundation, Salon W, and Zulu Nyala Safari Game Lodge (Editor Sponsors).

We also recognize these additional sponsors: Brian & Maxine Engler, Rich & Christine Peterson, Frank & Joy Whittington (Author Sponsors); Access National Bank, AOG Wealth Management, Andrew & Evelyn Berrier, Country Club of Fairfax, Crest Advanced Dry Cleaners, Patrick & Martha Dexter, Charles & Shirley Fegan, Illyse & Ron Gart, Susan & Thomas Harman, Kim Dong, Friends of the John Marshall Library, Matthews, Carter & Boyce, Frances & William Millhouser, Morrissette Family Foundation, NOVEC, Peterson Family Foundation, Estate of Robert & Jacqueline Sigethy, and Alice & Ken Starr (Book Club Sponsors).

Fairfax Library Foundation is a nonprofit corporation committed to providing supplementary support to the Fairfax County Public Library. The Foundation, while reinforcing the need for continued and increased public support for the Library, serves as a catalyst for attracting private funding from individuals, businesses, organizations and foundations to enhance library services for our community.